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Fixed wire electrical testing, (also known as EICR) is a periodic process of inspection and testing to ensure safety and compliance with current regulations.
A comprehensive remedial quote is provided after inspection.
Electrical testing ensures you’re compliant with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 Requirements, as well as the current Electrical Installation Condition Reporting (EICR) requirements of Electricity at Work Regulations Act 1989, Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the BS 7671 (IEE Wiring Regulations 18th Edition as amended).
Emergency lighting test
Emergency lighting is there to ensure that you, your employees and customers are able to get to safety in the event of an emergency. Emergency lighting systems automatically operate for between 1 and 3 hours on a battery backup system and need to be regularly checked and tested to ensure they are all working correctly.
Our testing will ensure that you have an working emergency light system that is compliant with BS 5266:2005 regulations.
Testing includes all key switches, batteries, luminaries and control equipment and will involve mains lighting being turned off so we can simulate a power failure.
An emergency lighting test should be carried out annually
Portable Appliance Testing
Portable Appliance Testing often referred to as PAT Testing is the process of ensuring that small electrical items such as kettles, and computers are safe to use. It is an employers responsibility under Health and Safety law to ensure that all equipment is safe to use and carrying out regular Portable Appliance Testing is often the easiest way to do this.
How Often Do I Need an EICR?
Electrical installations are not immune to the process of ageing, deterioration and even general wear and tear. For this reason, an EICR should be conducted at regular intervals. British Standard BS 76719 (IET Wiring Regulations) recommends the following intervals for businesses, landlords and homeowners:
- Businesses – employers are recommended to have an EICR test undertaken once every five years.
- Buy-to-let or rented property – landlords should have an EICR test done every five years or when new tenants enter the property.
- Homeowners – an EICR is recommended every 10 years. If the property has a swimming pool, this should be tested once every year.
What Does an EICR Test Involve?
An EICR will check if your property’s electrics have any faults that cannot be identified through a visual check. A number of faults may occur, such as electrical circuits being overloaded or overheating during use. If any electrical circuit is not properly installed – for example, without earthing or bonding to safely secure the electrics – it may potentially cause a fire or shock hazard. EICR testing will identify any defective electrical work within the system.
A visual check can also be performed to give you a quick analysis of how safe your property is. This will look for broken sockets and light switches, damaged cables and scorching / burn marks as a result of overloading the power outlet. It will also look at the residual current device (RCD) for the circuits that operate the bathrooms and gardens. It is recommended that this visual check is completed at regular intervals in between the more in-depth EICR tests.
After the test has been completed, the testing engineer will produce a certificate for you. It will detail any damages, deterioration, defects or other dangerous conditions. It will also highlight anything that doesn’t match the present day safety standards and things that might put people at risk.
Should the EICR test come back as negative, the EICR will be classed as “unsatisfactory” meaning that the required work needs to be done, without delay, to remove the risk to those living or working at the property. As well as returning an “unsatisfactory” result, the report will detail which electrical system(s) failed the test. Work required is classified using the following codes:
- C1 – ‘danger is present’, risk of injury is likely and immediate action is required.
- C2 – potentially dangerous and remedial action is needed urgently.
- C3 – improvement to your electrical system is recommended. C3 is the only classification code that can appear on a report and still pass the EICR test.
Once your electrical system has passed the inspection fully and any urgent remedial work has been completed, you will be provided with an EICR Certificate of Safety, giving you peace of mind that your electrics are safe.